7 Replies Latest reply: Aug 2, 2009 2:07 AM by Jeff Bryan
Bushman09 Level 1 (0 points)
Ok my wife has deleted the majority of my music and my playlists from itunes and I have no back up.

How can I transfer the music and playlists from my ipod back into itunes?

many thanks in advance

Dell, Windows XP
  • robertleeking Level 1 (40 points)
    Since you have no backup, the only way you can restore the info is from your iPod to the computer. To do that, you will need third party software. IpodCopyExpert is one such program. There are several. Search in google for iPod backup software and you'll find one appropriate for your system. I use iPod Copy Expert myself on a Windows PC and it works very well. But, it costs $29.00 US...
  • Jeff Bryan Level 9 (61,790 points)
    Be very careful when connecting an iPod full of music to an empty iTunes library.There is very real risk of permanently losing all the music.

    To prevent auto sync, before you connect the iPod go to the iTunes preferences and select "devices", then select "disable automatic syncing for iPhones and iPods".

    An alternative method is to connect the iPod whilst holding down the 'control+shift' keys and do not let them go until your iPod appears in iTunes.

    If you see a message that your iPod is associated with a different library and asks if you want to link to a new one, make sure you press "Cancel".

    If you should click on "Erase and Sync" will erase all the content currently on your iPod and it will be replaced with the content of the iTunes library you just connected to.

    When you've pressed cancel your iPod should appear in the iTunes source list under "devices" and allow you to change the update setting to manage the iPod content manually, and that will let you use your iPod for the time being without the risk of accidentally erasing the contents.

    Then do any of the following to transfer your music from iPod back to the computer/iTunes.

    For iTunes version 7 or later, then you can transfer purchased iTunes store music from the iPod to an authorized computer by using the "file/transfer purchases from iPod" menu. Note that the maximum of 5 authorized computers applies here.

    Find out how to do that here.

    How to copy iTunes purchases from an iPod or iPhone to a computer.

    For all other non purchased content (your own CDs etc), check out the instructions/suggestions here.

    Music from iPod to computer (using option 2). This a manual method using "hidden folders" and although it works, it is a little more involved than other methods.

    Much easier ways are to use one of the many 3rd party programs that copy music from the iPod to the computer.

    One of the most recommended is Yamipod. This is a free program that transfers music from iPod back to the computer. However, it does not transfer playcounts/ratings etc.

    Other free programs are Pod Player, SharePod and Floola and iDump and iPodRobot.

    If you want to recover just the structure of playlists from the iPod (and not the actual song files themselves), there's iRepo for Windows. which I understand has this feature along with all the standard features for these programs.

    iPodRip also has the feature enabling you to reconstruct playlists.

    There is also CopyTrans. This does preserve ratings/playcounts etc if those are important to you but this program is not free. It also supports video transfer.

    More information is contained here.

    Copying content from your iPod to your computer - The Definitive Guide.
  • Bushman09 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for that will this software allow for updates to itunes ?

    any other ways or restoring my music and playlists without paying for software?

    many thanks
  • Bushman09 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks jeff Bryan you are a legend!

    Will this copy program also copy my playlists that is what I really dont want to lose
  • Jeff Bryan Level 9 (61,790 points)
    Some of those programs allow you to copy playlists, but not all. If you click on the links I gave for them you can usually see a list of features for what the program(s) can and can't do.
  • Bushman09 Level 1 (0 points)
    Copytrans worked a treat well worth $20

    However I have created anew folder but it has duplicated many albums? any reason or a quick solution to get rid of duplicates.
    The album has 1 album but two copies of each song within the album?

    any suggestions?
  • Jeff Bryan Level 9 (61,790 points)
    Open iTunes, go to "view", and click "show duplicates".

    Then highlight the duplicates then select "edit/delete".

    Or right click on highlighted files and select "delete".

    There is a script for Windows that will do this.

    Teridon's iTunes scripts for Windows.

    You might want to be careful when you do this because iTunes just looks for duplicate titles and doesn't check album or artist info.

    If you're not careful, you may end up deleting a song that has the same title as another but is not in fact a duplicate. It may be a different artist or on another album entirely.

    For example one song on a studio CD and another with the same title on a "live" or "greatest hits" CD.